Shot girl, 5, still ‘critical’
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl remained in a critical condition in hospital today after being shot in the chest.
Police are hunting three youths who shot her and a 35-year-old shopkeeper.
The child, understood to be called Thusha Kamaleswaran, is believed to be London’s youngest guncrime victim.
The shopkeeper, believed to be Roshan Selvakumar, was shot in the head. Police said they remained in a “critical but stable” condition.
They were hit as two youths cowered in the Stockwell Food and Wine Shop in south London after being chased by three other youths on bicycles.
As the pair hid inside, the gunman stopped at the door and opened fire indiscriminately.
Police are not sure how many bullets were fired in the incident at 9.15pm on Tuesday.
The three attackers, who a witness said were aged between 14 and 17, fled as their intended targets chased them on foot from the Stockwell Road shop along Broomgrove Road and into Stockwell Park Estate.
The victims, who police unscheduled visit here – will be a very important factor in just adding to the weight against the Gaddafi regime and tipping the balance against him.”
The news is a much-needed boost for the Libyan opposition after the regime’s troops recaptured the oil town of Ras Lanouf and fears that airstrikes and a no-fly zone are not enough to help rebels. said were Sri Lankan and unrelated, were rushed to hospital in south London.
The girl was visiting relatives when the attackers struck.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton urged witnesses to come forward and said: “This is a terrible incident where an innocent child has been seriously injured.”
Peter Robbins, one of three Lambeth councillors representing the area, said: “It is incredibly shocking. I think the whole community at the moment is numb and horrified, and rightly so.”
Both David Cameron and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton suggested that there was a possibility of arming rebels – although no decision has been taken.
And President Barack Obama is also reported to have signed a secret order authorising covert US government support for opposition forces – which could mean significant CIA activity on the ground.
RETALIATION: Nato have been carrying out airstrikes in a bid to help the rebels. REFUGE: Libya’s foreign minister Musa Kusa has defected to the UK.
PROBE: Forensics experts at the scene.